H J Colclough






 

Location and period of operation:

H J Colclough

Longton

1897

1937

China and earthenware manufacturer at the Vale Works, Goddard Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Herbert Joseph Colclough started business in 1897 and around 1907 moved to the Vale Works in Goddard Street, Longton. 

  • In 1913 King George IV and Queen Mary visited the Vale Works and the company recieved a royal licence and 'Royal Vale' was adopted as a trade name. 

  • In 1937 the businesses of H J Colclough, Thomas Morris and Osborne China Co. were combined and became Colclough China Ltd. 

 

Subsequently: Colclough China Ltd (1937-48)

 


deco style trio
c.1928-37 


 

Marks & initials used on ware for identification:

Marks with 'Royal Vale' are post 1913 when King George IV and Queen Mary visited the Vale Works

 


H J C
L

[these initials used on various marks]
["L" stands for Longton - the town where the factory was situated]


ROYAL VALE CHINA
HJC
LONGTON


[CROWN ABOVE]
VALE CHINA
MADE IN ENGLAND
H J COLCLOUGH
LONGTON

printed mark 1927-37


COLCLOUGH
LONGTON
ENGLAND
BONE CHINA

printed mark 1935-37


 


Vale China
British Made
H
J C
L

'Rainbow' is the pattern name 

["L" stands for Longton - the town where the factory was situated]

c.1897-1908



H J C
L
England

c.1908-28



Eastern Vale
China
H J C
England

mark used on children's tea set



ROYAL VALE CHINA
H J C
LONGTON
ENGLAND

1928-37

NOTE: There is a similar mark to this dated 1913-28
which is same layout with more elaborate and clearer
flags, crown and centre detail.

NOTE: This mark was continued by the new company
Colclough China Ltd from 1937-39


 


typical H J Colclough ware


 

plate - pattern number: 3702
plate - pattern number: 3702

  the cups of a 21 piece tea set 
has the mark  ROYAL VALE CHINA

 

however the plates etc also have the mark H H & G Ltd
all of them are the same pattern and all are marked No 3702


H H & G Ltd - Hales, Hancock & Godwin Ltd  
who were not pottery manufacturers but were agents and retailers
who retailed ware made by a number of manufacturers


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